From Tom Daniel, Community Development Director-
Could you post a reminder about this planning project getting underway this Wednesday at 6:00 PM at City Hall? Everyone is welcome! Thank you.
Last summer and fall’s Downtown Work Plan process identified a shared community value of having an active and authentic downtown with a mosaic of uses. The community said they wanted to ensure downtown continues to be an active place filled will people doing positive things. In addition to this value, the Work Plan process identified specific topics for action. These topics included parking, accessibility and connections, streetscape, signage, visitor experience, market analyses, and building design. Lastly, the Work Plan prioritized work on primary routes including Railroad Avenue, Washington Street, Main Street, and connections to residential areas.
The Community Development Department is working on several of the topics in the Work Plan and is pleased to announce a partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a more in-depth look at the area around the commuter rail station. The project, called Reimagining Railroad, looks to build upon the community’s work in the Downtown Work Plan. The City and MAPC are looking for ways to better connect the commuter rail station to the residential areas and the activity and vibrancy of Downtown and the Harbor. The project aims to make the city more walkable, functional, and prosperous while preserving the authentic character the community values.